Funda-in, one of Tofuku-ji's sub-temples, has a karesansui (dry landscape garden) that originally was laid out by Sesshu Toyo (1420-1506), a master of suiboku-ga (ink painting) and Zen Buddhist priest. The Rinzai-shu sect temple is also called Sesshu-ji for this fact.
The southern garden is one of the oldest karesansui gardens in Kyoto. It was designed before the style of abstract karesansui was established and some say that it has a style similar to ikeniwa (pond garden). This temple also has interestingly shaped ishidoro (a stone lantern) and tsukubai (a wash basin) in its roji (chaniwa, a tea garden).
Kanpaku (the Chief Adviser to the Emperor) Ichijo Uchitsune (1291-1325) founded this temple sometime between 1321 and 1324 as the family temple. The buildings of the temple were burned down in 1691 and rebuilt by Kanpaku Ichijo Kaneteru. The present Hondo building was moved from the imperial palace after a fire in 1755 that destroyed the temple buildings.
The southern garden was laid out by Sesshu sometime between 1460 and 1468. It had been dilapidated since the time of the above fires but Shigemori Mirei (1896-1975) restored it in 1939. Shigemori made the eastern garden at the same time.
How to get to Funda-in
One minute of walk from Chumon gate of Tofuku-ji.
Hours and Admission
High school students and older: 300 yen
Elementary school and junior high school students (1st - 9th graders): 200 yen
Children under school age: free
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